As the number of female airline pilots has slowly increased to just over 5% of the total pilot group worldwide, the corresponding increase in female pilot visibility has been inadequate. Having inspiring role models is an essential part of life because it can be hard to imagine ‘doing something’ or ‘being someone’ when you have never seen what it looks like. The challenge for the aviation industry is that there are virtually no role models of female airline pilots anywhere in popular culture. They do not appear in movies or television and they are rarely represented in advertising or magazines, because gender roles portrayed in popular culture are usually defined by traditional constructs.
The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) is dedicated to reframing this culture and providing the visible role models to inspire young women to undertake flying roles within our industry.
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They are the trailblazers of the skies, female pilots around the world came to a conference in Sydney to share their experiences and knowledge. Captain Tara Cook, President of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots said, “What always is remarkable to me is how when we integrate and network with each other, we find out that no matter where in the world we fly, all of our barriers and our issues are the same”.
Press Statement from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21)
“Airplane design, pilot training, and federal regulations are what drives safety; not gender, size, or physical strength.”
Captain Tara Cook
CFR 25.253 (U.S. Code of Federal Regulations) High-speed characteristics: …it must be shown that the airplane can be recovered to a normal attitude and its speed reduced to VMO/MMO, without exceptional piloting strength or skill.